An 18th birthday can be a tricky time for kids in foster care. As adults, they can leave the system, but being out their own isn’t easy. Statistics from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption show 1 in 5 foster kids will be homeless after 18 and only half will have a job at 24.
But a growing number of California communities are finding a solution in a community center model where foster kids help other foster kids transition out of the system into adulthood. One such center opens today in Salinas. It’s called the Epicenter.
Salinas has had no shortage of violence lately with two deadly shootings just last week. But this week the city is being looked at as a model for its efforts in reducing youth violence.
A delegation visiting from Washington D.C. spent Tuesday and Wednesday going to meetings, presentations and tours like one in the refurbished National Guard armory across the street from the Salina’s Police Department.
The Salinas Valley is getting a lot of attention from Silicon Valley lately. A new tech incubator will soon open up in downtown Salinas hoping to grow the connection between agriculture and technology.
But even before that, one Silicon Valley start-up was already hard at work tweaking its version of a machine that thins lettuce plants. It’s a job normally handled by human hands. But this may be just the tip of the iceberg in a new era of smart machines in agriculture.
Military veterans represent just ten percent of the population, yet they make up 25-percent of our nation’s homeless. For decades, the Veterans Administration and veterans support groups have been working to alleviate the problem. One way is with an event called a Stand Down. One was held this past weekend on the former Fort Ord and 400 homeless veterans came looking for help.